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>> mitchell: tonight, debt showdown. president obama is going another round with congressional leaders at the white house. bill plante sizes up the prospects for a deficit deal. new famine. more than two million children are going hungry in east africa, tony guida looks at the struggle to help. focus. with all the distractions of e- mail, web surfing and social media at work, dr. john lapook finds a fed-up boss who is clamping down. woman back in a jobless summer for many things, michelle miller finds young entrepreneurs who are thinki wambach captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: good evening. we begin tonight with news of a rare sunday night showdown at
the white house. with the race heading to the wire, president obama has wound up a meeting with cong with no final agreem dayan the latest on that meeting and what the stakes are, and we begin with the ior white house correspondent bill plante. >> president obama met for a second time. with congressional leaders late sunday trying to craft a grand bargain to cut government spending. over the weekend, they had appeared to be making progress. but last night, house speaker john boehner called it quits, saying simply that he didn't have the votes to pass something that sweeping in the house. "i believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a the sp mel can sham statement. the white house responded by repeating the president's insistence that ed approach must include revenue from ending tax breaks for special interest. and today, treasury secretary tim geithner was positive a deal will get done. >> and the leadership in the congress understand that, the speaker understands that. the republicans and democrats understand that. it has to be a deal. failure is not an option. ter: republican senato jackie melksham
leader mitch mcconnell blamed the breakdown on the white h insistence on new tax revenue. >> to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult ment. shannon box it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> reporter: democratic congressman hollen said republicans were at fault for refusing to budge on new revenue. >> at the end of the day, what we're seeing is that the priority of our republican colleagues is not to get a deficit reduction deal; it's to protect special interest tax breaks for big corporations. after a meeting the leaders left the white house without appearing before waiting reporters, sources tell cbs news they will meet again tomorrow with the president as time continues to run out. >> i do believe that -- this week and certainly by the end of next week we have to have agreement on the outlines of a package. it has to be clear that the leadership has found a way to solve this and they have a path to get votes for something.
>> reporter: the president went into tonight's meeting ready to push for his grand bargain, the $4 trillion of cuts. republicans don't like it because it would mean tax increases. democrats don't like it because it would trim from medicare and other social programs. >> it is going to be difficult. the white house is positioning the president as somewhat above politics here trying to do a public service. >> bill plante cbs news, the white house. >> mitchell: and as bill mentioned the president and congress are up against an obvious second deadline to raise the debt ceiling. that deadline applies as well to the treasury department officials who may have to deal with a worst-case scenario. whit johnson is covering that part of the story. >> reporter: planning for the worst case in which lawmakers fail to raise the debt limit is a scenario treasury secretary timothy geithner won't talk about. >> i can say with total confidence, we have no other option to buy more time. and we don't need more time. >> reporter: but suppose a deal cannot be reached and the government can no longer borrow money.
geithner may not say it publicly, but reports have surfaced that a small team of treasury officials is working on a contingency plan. there is a plan b. >> i think there has to be. >> reporter: steve mcmillin is the former deputy director of the white house office of management and budget under george w bush. a former insider, he says there are painful decisions about who gets paid and who doesn't. >> i would say the options treasury has if the debt limit is not raised are all very ugly. >> reporter: consider a recent report from the bipartisan policy center. it says in the month of august the treasury has to make $306 billion in payments, but it will take in only $172 billion. under one scenario, that's enough to pay interest on the debt, social security, medicare and medicaid, defense contractors and unemployment benefits. but there would be no money left
for active duty military, federal workers and a slew of other programs. never before has raising the debt ceiling been so difficult. congress has done it 102 times since 1917, ten times in the last decade. this time, the treasury says there is no room for a last- minute deal. as negotiations drag on, credit rating agencies have threatened to downgrade america's credit. if they do, that will increase the cost to borrow money adding even more to the federal debt. whit johnson, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: for more perspective on the debt talks and the politics behind them, we are joined in washington by our political analyst in washington, john dickerson. good evening. >> good evening. >> mitchell: give us an idea of the dynamics of a meeting like this. >> president obama is making a last pitch for that bigger deal, something close to $4 trillion in deficit reductions, arguing to republicans that if he's willing to take heat from democrats on the idea of trimming entitlements like social security and medicare, they should be open to the idea of raising revenue through doing something in the tax code. he'll say this is a unique moment.
it may not be his last shot to make this case, but if in the next day or so he can't make some progress on this bigger deal, he's going it to have to work full-time on getting any kind of deal at all. >> mitchell: as bill plante pointed out, speaker boehner backed off on that grand bargain idea. what do you see as the significance of that move? >> well, speaker boehner and the president have a good working relationship going on, but when the speaker called this as a part of that relationship to be frank, open and honest, he tried to sell this to his republicans and what speaker boehner said in that phone call is he couldn't sell the idea of a deal based on tax reform in the future. and if you can't get the votes in the house, no deal is going to work. >> mitchell: obviously at some point some compromises are going to have to be made. in your mind, is there one side that has more to lose than the other? >> the president has the most to lose because if this hurts the economy as everyone believes it will, he is the one who pays a disproportionate share of the pain if something happens. and republicans also will pay
political price which is why even though a big deal may be on life-support, a smaller deal of close to $2.5 trillion is something that both sides are optimistic and hopeful about. but it shouldn't be considered he cayoung some yung some hee kyung seo some sow sow sow sow seo paper. th d to the cameras as he headed out for dinner with rebekah brookes, his embattled british c.e.o. this is damage control by a man who shows well how to manage his
message. but the phone hacking scandal has already cost him one of his most profitable papers. yesterday evening, staff leaving the "news of the world" for the last time put a brave face on the murdoch decision to shut it down. the "news of the world" was the best selling newspaper in britain. a cheeky blend of skin, scandal and gotcha journalism squarely aimed at british working people who enjoyed seeing the rich and the powerful taken down a peg or two. but not families touched by grief. the "news of the world" is under police investigation for hacking into voicemails belonging to relatives of fallen soldiers and a murdered teenager. journalists also hacked into the phones of celebrities who found out and sued. it was james, rupert murdoch's son and heir apparent, who authorized a reported million dollar out-of-court settlement to at least one of the hacking victims.
this week, he admitted it was a mistake. >> i acted on the advice of executives and lawyers, with incomplete investigation and that's a matter of real regret for me personally. >> reporter: in fact, it raises some very dangerous questions for the murdoch empire, which includes fox news, the "wall street journal," and the "new york post." murdoch biographer michael wolff: >> james murdoch wrote the initial checks to the people who were suing the company. and the question that investigators are asking now, are they settlement checks or are they hush money checks? >> reporter: only a week ago, rupert murdoch and his powerful family business looked unassailable. not any more. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> mitchell: in news above the alexander vin oh company rvo world, the shuttle "atlantis" docked with the international
space station today, 240 miles above the pacific. nasa officials are watching a piece of space junk that might come close to the shuttle tuesday just as the astronauts are scheduled to make a space walk. later, too many distractions. a boss says enough to texting and e-mailing on the job. jobless teens are finding profit in their own start-up businesses. and the growing famine in africa that's putting millions of lives at risk. those stories and more when the "cbs evening news" continues. seo and this is my cvs. we look out for patients by offering care 1 on 1. we help them save money with generic prescriptions. we talk to them about prescription safety and -- help them save money. plus we discuss possible side effects and -- help them save money! we help them save money.
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relations between the two countries have been strained especially after the u.s. raid that kill add bin laden. only a short distance from pakistan's leading military academy. the might of those trying to survive the drought hit horn of africa is far outstripping the ability of anyone to help. u.n.'s chief refugee official said today the crisis in somalia alone is the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. to give an idea of the scale he was visiting a refugee camp the size of cleveland. tony guida has more. >> reporter: look into this child's eyes. he knows something you and i will never know, how it feels to be desperately hungry. there are many children like him in this hospital in mogadishu, malnourished children, some close to death, all refugees from the drought and violence destroying somalia. >> if you are a hungry person, somebody once told me it feels as if there is bleach in your belly. it hurts so much. >> bettina luescher speaks for the world food program,
the oortion will feed 6 million people in the horn of africa this year. but that's not nearly enough. >> we are in the middle of a perfect storm. >> the horn of africa is choking on the dust of the worst drought in 60 years. combine that with a massacre by islamic militants in southern somial -- somalia and rocketing food prices across account region and the u.n. says someplaces are close to famine. >> all of this together has created a huge and urgent humanitarian crisis. >> thousands are fleeing in search of food and water. >> maryann abdullah a bab dawned somalia with her six children, their cat kel died, they had no food. a grueling seven day trek brought them to this refugee camp in kenya can. the u.n. estimates a thousand somalies arrive here every day. >> we have the poorest of the poor, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable in the world. >> like other aid organizations the world food program has suffered cutbacks in government and
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>> mitchell: according to a recent industry survey digital distractions account for nearly 60% of workplace interruptions. they cost more than $10,000 in lost productivity per worker per year. at least one boss is shifting her employee's focus as we hear from medical correspondent dr. john lapook. >> reporter: for architect deborah berke the breaking point was watching two employees texting each other instead of talking. >> their backs were maybe six feet apart. and they were communicating in this lengthy im text. >> reporter: berke felt all the e-mails, text and web surfing were sabotaging creative thinking. >> the constant interruptions which cuts your time into these little slivers of concentration punctuated by distraction, you make dumb mistakes.
>> reporter: nicholas karr's book the shallows explains how the internet has damaged our ability to focus. >> s there's definitely an emerging concern in a lot of companies that people simply aren't getting the work done as a very high level of quality because they are being interrupted so much. >> if i'm reading an article and the phone rings and then oh, an e-mail, i may never get back to what i was doing. >> reporter: berke and her partners decided to restrict e-mail and internet use. the rules, you can check e-mail each morning at lunch and once again before you leave for the day. internet use is only for research. and no multitasking. at first her staff was pessimistic about the experiment. >> i thought it was crazy. >> i find myself unable to observe the most basic rule we recommended which is to not check e-mail the first thing dow in the morning. >> i just feel like you need to be connected. >> we wanted to see what would happen so we returned nine months later. without exception, berke's employees called the
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>> mitchell: for the royal coup tell is the last full day of their california tour. last night the dpuk and duchess of cambridge rubbed elbows with top hollywood celebrities at a black tie event aimed at promoting british moviemaking talent. today prince william and his wife catherine dropped in at a children's art center in los angeles -- los angeles's skid row and a job fair for unemployed military veterans. >> this is the last event on our tour of north america. but to my mind it is one of the seriously most important. >> mitchell: the prince added he knows people in britain who could benefit from a similar affair. by all measures this is a tough job summer for teens without face an unemployment rate of 24.5%. some enterprising young
people are taking their economic features into their own hands. here's michelle miller. >> they're actually giving away 3 tattoos over there. >> at brooklyn's famous conny island 18-year-old stephen gord on goes after customers with time-honored muscle. >> we do it right here reasons and like many young entrepreneur we is thinking big. >> i have plans to expand to every theme park, disney, universal, sesame place, even chuck e. cheese. >> gord on's business called that toad id presents temporary tattoos for small children including phone number and initials. >> i was baby-sitting my brother one day, he was four. and one minute i'm with him, the next minute he wanders off from me and this sends me into a panic. i was thinking of a way, how you can i can make safety fun for kids can. >> with swummer jobs nonexistent, gord on is taking his idea to the street. es's made $500 and is raising investment money to build a free-standing kiosk. >> that is another option
completedly on the table. >> gord on sits on the board of another bunchonning enterprise run by 19-year-old garee jiang. jiang's company muffin mill was born when he was a high school sophomore. he put one of his goodels on a t-shirt. >> when i first gave away 50 t-shirts it was almost like an exclusive type of thing. >> a facebook page made jiang very cool and the shirt, a must-have. >> my senior year pretty much everyone knew who i was and what i did. >> muffin mill something now a brand that has already brought in more than $16,000. one shirt at a time. jiang and gord on met at the network for teaching entrepreneurship or nifty,a nonprofit that teaches $20,000 students every year how to start a business. >> nationally one in four teens ages 16 to 19 can't find a job. that boost enrollment in nifty by 18%. here in new york city, by 40%.
>> the unemployment picture is a strong motivator for some students to do it themselves achblted with luck and hard work, gord on and jiang will be the ones generating the jobs. >> are you ready, are you excited? >> me too. >> michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell. cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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